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Insectary Chula Vista

The Insectary

The whaa-huh? Yep, that’s right. Chula Vista has an Insectary and look, it says so right outside the building: Built in 1919 and found in property records by 1924, the Insectary was the only one of its kind in San Diego County. Here to tell us more is guest writer Susan Walter: “The itsy bitsy […]

Holderness Well

The Great Oil Boom

Oil! Black Gold! There was a burst of excitement in San Diego when oil was discovered in 1934 — or so they thought. There had been rumors of oil deposits in the South Bay since 1908, and wells had been drilled in 1924 near Palm City and in the Telegraph Canyon. Rube Harrison drilled two wells […]

Dairy Mart Farms

Dairy Mart Farms

The entire border region on the American side between San Diego County and Tijuana once was full of diary farmers. The Tijuana River Valley was also home to famous horses, such as Trigger and Seabiscuit. The area attracted many celebrities as well. Today, not much of these “heyday days” remains. Dairy Mart Road pays homage […]

edith carne

The Carne Hatchery

South Bay Yesterday: Jesse Carne was a gold miner from Tulomne County, California, who moved to the Sweetwater Valley in 1911 because his wife, Elizabeth, thought mining was too dangerous and unhealthy. They started a chicken farm on 10 acres where Bonita Woods is located today.  Jesse took his eggs by wagon to the Bonita station […]

Kretsinger house at 2539 Palm Avenue

Kretsinger House

South Bay Yesterday: The Kretsinger house at 2539 Palm Avenue is the last surviving evidence of the early South Bay community known as Highland. The plaque for this San Diego historic landmark states that the house was built in 1896, but in fact it was built and occupied by David L. Kretsinger and his wife Susan […]

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